Bring a Plate is a term often misunderstood by newly arrived migrant and refugee communities. This project is true example of community cultural development and its happening at Clay Cliff Creek studios, in partnership with Auburn Community Development Network facilitators. The ceramic project started in April and would cover five different community celebrations including Iftar, followed by Diwali, the Indian Festival of Light.

So far two significant events have seen ceramic arts play centre stage. The first was for National Sorry Day in May. At this event participants from culturally and diverse backgrounds, painted messages in many languages on hand made plates. The messages were reflections of our Indigenous Australians plight as well as participants own feelings and experiences of loss of culture, land and identity.  The Sorry Day ‘Bring a Plate’ project culminated in an event with key Indigenous speakers to celebrate diversity and forgiveness at Auburn Community Centre. Delicious CALD food was served on the plates with messages being revealed once the food was eaten. The beautiful hand painted plates were on public exhibition for 2 weeks at the Auburn Central Shopping Centre.  

The 2nd Project for Bring a Plate was similar to the first, only this time the focus was about sharing and respect for others as in the spirit of Ramadan.  It fostered an understanding between participants and the wider community at the Iftar celebrations in Auburn Community Square about the Muslim religion, Ramadan and the significance of the festival. ACDN’s facilitator Barry Gamba said the ceramic project was about teaching participants about art and community development.

“I think it’s brought the community together and enhanced respect and understanding for communities and given people an idea of career paths,” he said.

See links for photos of plates and more details

Next Bring a Plate Project:




 Free ceramic workshops to create lamps and plates 

for AUBURN DEEPAVALI – a community event 




Workshop dates: Fridays 22 & 29 August, 5 &12 September 2014

 Time: 10am – 1pm

 Place: Parramatta Clay Cliff Creek Studio

145A George Street Parramatta 

(Approx 10 minute walk from Parramatta Train Station)

 All welcome

 To book a place in the workshops, email Auburn Community Development Network on or phone 02 9649 5559 Monday to Friday between 9.30AM and 12.30PM


‘Auburn Deepavali’ is part of Auburn Community Development Network’s

‘The Art of Hospitality: Bring a Plate’ project , in partnership with Parramatta Clay and Arts Inc. funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services through the Diversity and Social Cohesion Program. For more information, visit